TMJ is the joint that connects the lower and upper jaw. The term TMJ stands for Temporo-Mandibular Joint, and is one of the most complex joints in the entire body.  The TMJ is capable of forward and backward movement, rotations, and side-to-side movements. TMD (temporo-mandibular joint disorder) often refers to complications and problems with this joint.

Some of the most common symptoms of TMJ problems are:

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  • Jaw and ear pain upon opening, closing, or eating.  This pain can occur in either jaw, left, right, or both.
  • Limited movement of the lower jaw
  • Clicking sounds
  • Muscle spasms
  • Locking of the jaw

Some potential causes of the disease include genetics, hormones, low-level infections, auto-immune diseases, trauma, and clenching or grinding of the teeth. Diagnosis and evaluation of such conditions are performed by dentists experienced in TMJ problems and TMJ treatment. Some common treatments are Night Guards, Bite Guards, and Bite Adjustments.  A referral to an oral medicine or TMJ specialist may also be necessary for more complex cases.  Your dentist can guide you toward the best treatment for you.

If you experience any TMJ problems or symptoms and have questions for your Bellevue family dentist, please contact us at (425) 614-1600.  Dr. Chien will be happy to evaluate your situation and suggest the best treatment possible.

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